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Senior Penstock Engineer - Hydro & Dams - Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers


Laval, Quebec, CA Oakville, ON, CA Burnaby, British Columbia, CA

Requisition ID: 151899 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Water/Wastewater 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit is expanding its growing design team specializing in Hydropower and Dams (H&D) and is seeking top performing contributors to support and sustain its growth over the coming years.

As such, we are currently seeking a Senior Penstock Engineer to support the design of hydropower projects (e.g., surface penstock, buried penstock, tunnel waterway liners, etc.) The candidate will work closely with Design Engineering Managers as well as other technical teams (structural, mechanical, hydrotechnical) to provide various services to internal groups for the development of H&D projects.

District Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering's Design-Build team is driving clients to turn to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects.  Through our integrated design and construction approach, our multi-disciplinary team works together to improve schedule, control costs and minimize risk.  Our construction-focused engineers work collaboratively with our estimators and builders to design solutions that are innovative, constructible, and designed with a focus on safety.   Clients benefit from the proven processes and tools used by Kiewit to minimize project risk. We are an in-house resource that supports projects throughout the company. Our staff shares experiences gained, innovative concepts, and best practices for all projects that we support.

Kiewit’s management and implementation of this process leads to safe, cost effective, and innovative designs that exceeds client expectations and furthers Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.

On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. We will train you, develop your skills, and allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building RRSP plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success.


This position will be based out of Kiewit major hub locations across Canada (Laval, QC; Oakville, ON; Burnaby, BC) with travel as business necessitates to project sites and other offices.


Under the supervision of the Hydropower and Dams’ Mechanical Discipline Lead

  • Lead penstock design for H&D projects, supported by the existing Kiewit design teams as needed (structural, mechanical, piping, pipelines)
  • Mentor and lead younger engineers in their technical development
  • Support in the coordination and management of H&D penstock design packages 
  • Support the growth of the H&D engineering team by participating in recruitment and integration efforts 
  • Support the H&D business development efforts of Kiewit’s various Districts across North America.
  • Contribute to H&D technical proposals with scope definition, specification development, design calculations while coordinating with other disciplines.
  • Support in the development of the H&D engineering team by building internal tools and processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering. A Master’s degree or Ph.D. is an asset.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in the design of high-pressure penstocks. The ideal candidate will have experience in the design of:
    • Penstocks of various materials, mainly steel, but also HDPE, FRP, etc.
    • Penstocks of various configurations, whether that be exposed penstocks, buried penstocks and/or tunnel liners.
    • Penstock appurtenances such as access manholes, manifolds, bifurcations, etc.
    • Penstock anchor/thrust blocks.
    • Buried penstock soil restraints to replace thrust blocks.
    • Buried penstock cathodic protection (in collaboration with the electrical engineering team).
  • Proficiency in the application of the most common penstock-related Codes, Norms, Standards and guidelines, most notably ASCE-79 and AWWA.
  • Proficiency in FEM, enough to guide and oversee the work of engineer generalist with high modeling and analysis proficiency in penstock design applications.
  • Licensed to practice engineering in Canada with eligibility to obtain licenses in other provinces or territories.
  • Licensed as a PE in the USA an asset. 
  • Efficiency, client focus, autonomy, initiative, ability to work independently and prioritize.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills. 
  • Proficient with English, French is an asset.


Additional Requirements:

  • Absent an approved exemption, due to federal, state, local, provincial and/or client-requirements, this position may require an individual to be fully vaccinated by a Health Canada-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing upon hire and as a condition of continued employment.

We believe in equal opportunity in employment practices without discrimination and comply with all laws regarding human rights in the provinces where we operate.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

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